STELLA’S RAGE

Sixty-two years of budgeting!  Stella offered routine and capable service for forty years.  Now she was retiring with no luxuries.  If something cost more than $16, Stella didn’t buy!

Her dad died and left $600 for Stella.  Her chance for a treasure.

She bought a $400 Tiffany lamp.  Had it three weeks and a thief stole it.  She found it at the near-by pawn shop.  Cost thirty-five dollars to redeem it. 

She took it home, plugged it in, sat down and cried. Why did she cry? She was a woman like me, who rages through a crisis, then cries.

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Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneer 100 word story based on picture prompt. To see more entries, go to https://rochellewisoff.com/ and click the green frogs. PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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REUBEN WAS WOKE

Hey I’m sticking with more observations about Reuben.  (If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, you might want to go there first. https://onetahayes.com/2022/05/22/where-is-reuben-when-theres-work-to-be-done/

Now, why do I say Reuben was woke.  I’ll tell you.

1. He started out with an abundance of support, everything a guy needs.  Even good intentions.  In fact, he probably had too much of “everything a guy needs.”

2. He came out of the closet.  Touted his sexual prowess in a perverse way by incest with his father’s concubine. Didn’t try to hide it; everybody knew.

3. He suffered no discipline from his father.  From that I would conclude that he had no respect for authority.  He was mocking God and God’s laws.

4. He was likely well educated and easily bored. On the other hand, he could sit and listen to the shepherds flutes, lacking motivation.

5. He was not  patriotic; he did not join forces with Israel’s army led by Deborah.

6. He would not be opposed to dabbling with drugs.  I say that because of his giving mandrakes to his mother to help her conceive.   Mandrakes are said to have “magical properties” causing hallucinations if eaten.  They are poisonous and can cause death. 

Now doesn’t he sound like he could buy an old minivan and head out to San Fran?  He could park his van and distribute mandrakes.  Get some excitement when someone hands him a sign to march in a protest.  He doesn’t care what protest.  Something to do if he wants to.  George Soros has already paid him, he doesn’t have a time clock, he can stop when he wants to.  Sounds woke to me.

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WHERE IS REUBEN WHEN THERE’S WORK TO BE DONE?

A GRANDDAD CHALLENGE. “WHERE IS REUBEN WHEN THERE’S WORK TO BE DONE” This is a topic in a list of sermons in Granddad Jim’s Bible. I took it as a challenge to see what it might mean to me – to us.

This observation is made from the incident in Judges 5 when Deborah and Barak had come in from a mighty victory they had led in behalf of the Israelites.  In their Victory Song they name some of the Tribal Leaders who pitched in to help in the battle.  But they leave the question, where was Reuben? 

Judges 5:15 Why did you stay among the sheep pens[ to hear the whistling for the flocks?  In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.

It seems like Reuben’s tribe was considering whether or not they would go with the army, “much searching of the heart.”  We can only wonder if they would have gone if given more time.  Whether or not, they missed “recruit’s day” and suffered a blow to their reputation.

Reuben was Jacob’s first born.  He was a model brother by taking the side of Joseph when his brothers would have killed him.  He went back to the pit to rescue Joseph but found Joseph gone. 

He should have been the star, but he was impetuous and unstable.  He committed incest with Bilhah, his father’s concubine and the mother of some of his brothers.  He did not suffer immediate retribution even though his father knew what he had done.  However, this sin did catch up with him.  There were no outstanding heroes in Reuben’s family tree.  Some are mentioned infamously, Dathan and Abiram, as they led a rebellion against Moses.

We see that in Jacob’s blessing/prophesy as he says his dying good-byes.  Gen. 49:3 3 “Reuben, you’re my firstborn, my strength,  and the first fruit of my vitality. You excel in rank and excel in power.    4 But you’re as undisciplined as a roaring river,  so eventually you won’t succeed, because you got in your father’s bed, defiled it, and then approached my couch.”

“You’re as undisciplined as a roaring river” … Reuben was a man who made quick decisions, made in the midst of his lust.  It is interesting to me that some commentaries say the name “Reuben” means “hasty waters.”  That certainly seems fitting.  Then it brings me to the question of why Lean and Jacob would name their firstborn with a label indicating a negative character trait.   Their second son was named Simeon which means “hears and obeys.”  Hum.  Think that over.  How much of Reuben’s problem might have been due to his parent’s expectations?

A lesson for us. The consequences of sin will catch up with us. Adrian Rogers is credited with saying “We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions.” Even if we are forgiven and the sin is “cast into the sea” there are often troubling consequences with which one must deal.

We need to be “instant in season and out of season” to be sure we are a part of God’s glorious army. We don’t want to stay in a rut and “listen to the whistling of the flocks.” Somebody please tell me what that means!

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BUT THE BIBLE DOESN’T SAY “DON’T GAMBLE”

Following my theme of “don’t eat the daisies” which I have discussed https://onetahayes.com/2022/05/06/too-nice-to-call-eating-daisies-sin/

As Guardian Ad litem I sat in court waiting for my case to come up.  The scenario before me was something like this.

Judge to Grandparents who had been in danger of losing guardianship of a ten-year-old granddaughter:  “Mr. B, this was the third time I have given you a chance to provide a home for this child.  You have lost three homes because of your gambling habit.  I am sorry to tell you I will have to have the social services find a stable home in which to place Annie.  In tears, the grandfather was dismissed.  This was not a case of mine, so I do not know other details.  (Mr. B and Annie are made up names.)

Far more people are just “playing games” instead of being addicted to gambling. I do not gamble money in any form, but that is extreme. 😀 For me, there is a lot of difference between buying a lottery ticket and putting down a quarter on an office football pot. And selling raffle tickets on a turkey or quilt is a pretty good way to raise money.

Quote:  A bird in hand in worth two in a bush.

Scripture: I Timothy 6:9 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

Aesop’s Fable:

A LION came across a Hare, who was fast asleep. He was just in the act of seizing her, when a fine young Hart trotted by, and he left the Hare to follow him. The Hare, scared by the noise, awoke and scudded away.

The Lion was unable after a long chase to catch the Hart, and returned to feed upon the Hare. On finding that the Hare also had run off, he said, “I am rightly served, for having let go of the food that I had in my hand for the chance of obtaining more.”

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Gambling in the United States is legally restricted. In 2008, gambling activities generated gross revenues (the difference between the total amounts wagered minus the funds or “winnings” returned to the players) of $92.27 billion in the United States.[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambling_in_the_United_States

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LET GOD TOOT YOUR HORN

Conversation with Pete, my twenty-something grandson.

Pete, the chances are that you will walk in here someday and I will be gone. In that case, how will you finish this sentence? “I wish I had asked Grandma…..” What will it be?

He said, “How long did you live in Colorado, and why did you leave?”

WOW, that opened me up for a long journey in time. It was a nice journey for me and Pete liked the come along with me” time. I told him I had never intentionally made a critical decision without feeling like I was on the path the Lord had prepared for me. In the process of that journey, my healing(s) through life were paramount.

In scanning through some of my WP stats, I showed him how my testimony and study of healing was the topic far beyond any other of my blogging issues. (In viewership, not in quanity.) Then I showed him that my topic “Jehovah rophe” is on google, number three on the first page. I hadn’t told you all that, had I. I was surprised the first time I saw it. Now, I ask you, how in this world did my articles rate that. Well, I’ll also tell you God has his ways of working out his purpose in his kids.

I remember with such thankfulness that God told me at the outset of my “medical” journey that he would “fulfill his purpose in me.”

I’ll end with a paragraph from a former blog that had something to do with choosing a job, I believe.

You see if the Lord puts you in a place it will likely turn out well for “master and servant,” whose relationship guidelines are set in Colossians 3:22-4:1. I love Psalm 37:6 “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn…” I guess that means he will toot your horn for you if it needs to be tooted! Lily or lilac, petunia or pansy, daisy or dandelion, grow where he plants you. Now why would I mention dandelion? Because some of us are dandelions, like it or not. Paul spoke of vessels of honor and dishonor (Romans 9:21). Whatever the status, if it is designed by Jesus, it will be good for you and others.

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WATERS OF JOY

A GRANDDAD CHALLENGE. This verse was a topic in a list of sermons in Granddad Jim’s Bible. I took it as a challenge to see what it might mean to me – to us.

Isaiah 12:3-4 King James Version 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

What evidence do you exhibit that shows that a Christian life is a joyful life? According to verse four above, you might

  1. Praise the Lord. Suggestion: Sit down today and write a Thank You Note to the Lord. Use a post-it and put on the frig.
  2. Call upon his name. Ask him to for a gift to you. Something he can do without having to deal with the free will of a human being. Humans are dreadful to put a time control on, even for God. How about asking for wisdom in taking care of a house plant? Are you over watering or under watering? Are you forcing it to grow roots deep? And should you? He can change your black thumb to a green thumb. 😀
  3. Declare his doings among the people. Well, I’ve already told you to put that post-it note on the frig. That will get your family’s attention. And you are a blogger. What an avenue for declaring his works among the people.
  4. Make mention that his name is exalted. Write a letter to someone needy. You know you need to. One thing you can mention is might be a song you have shared in the past which exalted the Lord. Or, maybe you can recall a person you both know who was exuberant in his/her praise of the Lord.

Pass on some Water of Joy!

Did you know both spellings, Granddad and Grandad, are correct? Grandad is more common in the UK; Granddad is more common in America. Well now you know. 😀

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THREE SENTINELS

Three sentinels stand 

Like tall flowering tulips 

Roots firmly in place.*

 

God, Home, and Country

With manners, concern, and grace

Requires unity.

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*My third tulip is hard to see. It is a peach color between the two yellows.

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CLOTHED IN MAJESTY

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GOD IS CLOTHED IN MAJESTY

Harken, and give God praise.

The veil rises in the East,

The eyes of God did not slumber nor sleep

Listen, and give God glory.

His eyes sweep over the hills and lands

Observing the wealth he gave to Earth

Drink, and give God thanks

Dressed in dew, clad in clouds

Giving drink to dusty fields and plains

Behold, and give God honor

Mountains and rivers styled by His hands

All nature is at his command.

Heed, and give God worship

God is good, the day was blessed

And as the curtain drops in the West

Rest.  God is still in control and

GOD IS CLOTHED IN MAJESTY!

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CONFIRMING HIS PROMISE

“Just go, I can’t take this anymore.”

“Surely you don’t mean that,” Brian responded, as he held her close.

“Yes, go,”  

Sadly, Brian left. 

It was June 8th.  A date never to be forgotten. Two weeks since their baby was stillborn.

Stella declared she could not stand the trauma again.  She would prefer never to have loved than to have loved and lost.  She would never love again—not a child, nor a husband. 

“I’ll always love you,” Brian promised.  “You’ll see that’s true.”

Stella did see, every June 8th, for 17 years, his promise had been shown by a single red rose.

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Written in response to the 100 word picture prompt hosted by Rochelle https://rochellewisoff.com/

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

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STICK TO THE BASICS

If you were in a class, Philosophy 102, it would probably not be long before you would be asked questions such as these: what are we here for, where did we come from, what is our purpose, and where are we going. Life’s great mysteries! God says, “Lean not to your own understanding, my ways are not your ways.”  So He is likely not going to explain to you what “nothing” is since our brains mostly only think “space” instead of nothing.  I don’t even want to take Physics 1! Those things are too big for my brain.  

In the spiritual realm also, that’s the way God is.  God has given us the basics in the Holy Scriptures.  That is called the milk of the Word.  God so loved the world… By faith we are called to believe on Jesus Christ, his birth, his death, his resurrection.  There are a lot more interesting things we can know, called the meat of the word.  But you need not blow out your brains because your teeth are not strong enough to chew steak.

He will give you enough answers to help you find peace as you snuggle down in his pleasure, knowing you came from God and you are going back to God.

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